Hilton Ducks Raise £9,390 For NI Cancer Fund For Children Project

A LOCAL children’s cancer charity got the ultimate early Christmas present in the form of a donation to help furnish its new short break centre.

[caption id="attachment_44857" align="alignleft" width="390"]Mark Walker, Area GM with Crawfordsburn girl Aimee Rebbeck, Trust and the NICFC Funds Officer. Mark Walker, Area GM with Crawfordsburn girl Aimee Rebbeck, Trust and the NICFC Funds Officer.[/caption]

Mark Walker, Area General Manager of Hilton Belfast and Hilton Templepatrick was delighted to present the cheque to the Northern Ireland Cancer Fund for Children. The money will help furnish their brand new short break centre currently being built in Newcastle.

The Hilton in the Community Foundation’s grant of £9,390 will leave a lasting legacy because it will help provide comfortable and relaxed surroundings for families enjoying a stay at Daisy Lodge which is currently being built just outsid eNewcastle at the foothill of the Mourne Mountains.

He said: “Hilton Hotels in the UK and Ireland have been selling boxes of seasonal and colourful bath ducks at our reception desks and every penny that has been raised has gone straight into our charity fund. We are delighted to share these funds with such a wonderful project here in Northern Ireland.”

The charity will be able to offer free short breaks to 500 exhausted families per year caring for a child with cancer.

The grant will be used to furnish two family bedrooms with top quality items such as beds, sofas, chairs and tables. Just like the luxurious and uber-comfortable accommodation the Hilton Hotel Group is famous the world over for, Daisy Lodge will be furnished impeccably to create the ultimate respite experience for local families affected by cancer.

NICFC’s chief executive Gillian Creevy spoke of her delight at this welcome and generous cash injection: “We are extremely grateful to the Foundation for their help with furnishing our new centre and for helping us to give exhausted families a much-needed comfortable and luxurious break at Daisy Lodge.

“This donation truly is the gift that will keep on giving for years to come. On behalf of NICFC and all of the families that will get so much out of a short break at Daisy Lodge, I would like to thank the Foundation for this generous donation.”